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SEJ President's Report is the column of the current president of the SEJ Board of Directors, focusing on insights about the profession of environmental journalism, and providing updates about the organization's vision and practices.  For questions and comments, email SEJ President Sadie Babits.


September 17, 2021

  • SEJ board president Sadie Babits has been thinking about you, SEJ’s members, who are at the core of this organization. It’s because of you that we are here, and it’s also why we are looking at our membership categories to make sure they best represent the work environmental journalists do today and the evolution of our industry. We’re eager to hear from SEJ members of all categories; here's how.

December 2, 2020

  • That's what SEJ Board President Meera Subramanian offers — and asks for — in her latest report on the state of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Plus, board elections, bylaw amendments and webinar initiatives.

July 21, 2020

  • SEJ board president Meera Subramanian shares some of the good news that has emerged over the last month as the immediate onslaught of the COVID-19 crisis settles into what we're all learning will be a very long haul.

May 25, 2020

  • The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on….everything. Right when the public needs accurate information the most, journalism has been hit particularly hard. Yet environmental journalism remains essential, especially since the pandemic continues as we enter hurricane, cyclone and wildfire season, and an atmosphere of deregulation persists. Yet impacts on publications are translating to staffing cuts, furloughs and slashed freelance budgets. Here’s a brief update on all SEJ is doing to stay ahead of the impacts, from SEJ President Meera Subramanian.

April 1, 2020

  • Journalists cannot help but be part of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic story, balancing our mandate to be a key information source with our own health and safety, writes Society of Environmental Journalists President Meera Subramanian. But SEJ is right there with them, providing resources and a shared sense of purpose and connection. Find out how SEJ can help, plus SEJ’s plans to weather the related economic crisis, preparations for the annual conference this fall and more. Read the latest SEJ President’s Report.

January 8, 2020

  • As the Society of Environmental Journalists prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the organization’s newly appointed president offers a rundown of the SEJ’s wide-ranging activities — from conferences and awards to grants, strategic plans and diversity efforts — and calls on members to join in the good work. Get a bird’s-eye view from Meera Subramanian in the latest SEJ President’s Report.

September 11, 2019

  • A Colorado homecoming for SEJ, plus a transition ahead, per the latest report from SEJ President Bobby Magill. His quarterly update also looks at preparations for a major strategic planning initiative, challenges and changes for the upcoming board elections. More on what’s in store for SEJ as it turns 30.

May 15, 2019

  • The Society of Environmental Journalists’ annual conference in Colorado this fall will bring attendees to a state rich in contrasts and storytelling fodder. At the same time, SEJ itself is readying for seismic shifts. SEJ President Bobby Magill shares firsthand knowledge of the Square State, plus a look into changes for the organization, in his latest quarterly report.

January 23, 2019

  • From under a blanket of dense smog that hung over the southern Polish town hosting a recent United Nations climate change conference, the president of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Bobby Magill, had a moment of clarity for the profession and the organization. His insights, and how they will affect the future of SEJ as it begins a new strategic planning process, in Magill’s latest SEJ President’s Report. Plus, a special honor for a “tireless” SEJ leader.

September 5, 2018

  • ​A call to confront anti-press sentiment with a crusade for the value of journalism, plus a welcome for the new executive director for the Society of Environmental Journalists, and important housekeeping on voting rights for SEJ’s academic and associate members — all in the new report from SEJ President Bobby Magill.